US & Mexico Launch Joint Bid For 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup
The US Soccer Federation (US Soccer) and Mexican Football Federation (FMF) governing bodies have announced a joint bid to co-host the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The US and Mexican governing football bodies informed FIFA on April 19, with more information on bidding terms set to be made available for next month’s Bidding Agreement deadline.
The dual bid will come off the heels of the USA, Mexico, and Canada hosting the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup, which is set to be the largest and highest-attended World Cup in history.
The United States previously hosted the tournament twice in 1999 and 2003, breaking attendance and viewing records and ushering in a new era for the women’s game globally for both respective events.
Conversely, Mexico is yet to host a Women’s World Cup, but the recent growth of the country’s premier women’s competition, Liga MX Femenil, has produced impressive attendance, fan engineman, and quality of play on the field.
The 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be the second tournament to host 32 nations following the upcoming 2023 tournament in Australia and New Zealand, marking the first time over 30 teams have contested for the trophy.
Commenting on the joint bid, US Soccer president and former national football player, Cindy Parlow Cone, said: “The United States has always been a global leader for the women’s game, and we would be honored to co-host the world’s premier event for women’s soccer along with Mexico.”
“Hosting the 2027 Women’s World Cup provides us an incredible opportunity to cap off two historic years of World Cup soccer in the Concacaf region, helping us continue to grow the game among our confederation associations,” she said.
FMF president, Yon de Luisa, added: “Women’s football in Mexico has experienced sustained growth over the last five years, and its development, both on and off the field, coupled with the female empowerment it has achieved and will continue to achieve, is one of the strategic priorities of the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF).”
FIFA will establish a Bid Evaluation Task Force to select up to three bids for the FIFA congress to appoint the host(s) through an open vote.
The host for the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup is expected to be announced on May 17, 2024, in what the governing body is calling “the most robust and comprehensive bidding process in the history of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.”
This news comes after FIFA announced a partnership with CISCO ahead of its 2023 Women’s World Cup.